Which fuel favours your wallet and your car?

We know you’d love it if we could say that the cheapest fuel is the best fuel for your car, but unfortunately as a leading mechanic on the Gold Coast, we can say that what’s good for your wallet in the short term, isn’t always great for your engine, fuel lines or even the environment.

There’s a very good reason that some of the major fuel suppliers have phased out Ethanol fuel and many Gold Coast mechanics and other industry professionals have realised it’s because it doesn’t deliver the desired outcomes on performance, cost benefits or even the expected environmental savings.

While it might be a bit cheaper when you’re standing at the pump and it can be hard to put in the more expensive fuel – we, one of the most experienced Gold Coast mechanics, know that what you spend in the short term, you’ll save in the long run and not just on the cost of the fuel.

If you used to use regular or premium fuel and you’re now a budget conscious E10 user, we don’t blame you – it’s an attractive proposition at the pump, but what you will notice is that you’re filling up much more often!

E10 burns at a higher level than regular or premium unleaded fuel, which means you simply need to use more of it.

At Gold Coast Mechanic, we only fill our vehicles with premium fuel – it offers better return on investment and we find that we’re filling up at the pump less often. The entire Gold Coast Mechanic family use premium fuel in their cars because of the benefits.

Some of the benefits of using premium fuel include:

For those considering using E10, you should weigh up your options carefully and also consider that some older vehicles are not suitable for E10. Carsguide.com.au published this list of cars and whether they are suitable or not for E10.

Drive.com.au found that a car driving over 2000km on city and highway roads cost nearly the same to run using 98-Octane premium unleaded and E10. The cost difference was just $18 and when you consider that E10 is so much worse for your fuel lines, fuel intake valves and catalytic converters, the decision seems to accelerate in one direction.

If you have used E10 in your car, don’t stress – just switch to regular or premium unleaded from now on and have your car regularly serviced to ensure that little problems don’t become costly repairs.

Most car manufacturers now recommend using fuel cleaner at least every service, so if you mention this article, we’ll even throw in a free bottle of fuel cleaner (valued at $19) with your next service so that you really can rest assured that you’re doing the best for your car, your wallet and the environment!

For the ultimate peace of mind, always have your vehicle regularly serviced, simply call us today on (07) 5630 1408 or pop into the workshop at 10/645 Pine Ridge Road, Coombabah.

We are also approved Qld safety certificate inspectors, experienced mechanics in tyre repair Gold Coast and have a huge range and great prices on tyres on the Gold Coast.

July 12, 2013 • Posted in: Uncategorized

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